9780887308857

Hidden Order : The Economics of Everyday Life

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  • ISBN13:

    9780887308857

  • ISBN10:

    0887308856

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/29/2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

What do topics as diverse as recycling, dating, rush-hour commuting, shopping, outwitting muggers, and parenting have to do with economics? In this engaging guide, David Friedman explains the practical economic applications behind the things people do every day. "A surprisingly lucid and useful book, and about as appealing as economics gets".--"Kirkus Reviews". 55 line art illustrations.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Economics for Pleasure and Profitp. 1
Rush-Hour Blues and Rational Babiesp. 3
Actions Speak Louder Than Wordsp. 14
Price=Value=Cost: Solving a Simple Economyp. 23
Thinking on Paper: The Geometry of Choicep. 25
What Would You Give to Get Off a Desert Island?p. 41
Bricks Without Clay: Production in a One-Input Worldp. 54
Ptolemaic Trade Theoryp. 65
Putting It Together: Price Theory in a Simple Economyp. 78
The Big Picturep. 100
In Search of the Real Worldp. 109
Bosses, Workers, and Other Complicationsp. 111
Monopoly for Fun and Profitp. 130
Hard Problems: Game Theory, Strategic Behavior, and Oligopolyp. 147
Time ...p. 167
... And Chancep. 180
Who Gets How Much Why?p. 195
Standing in for Moral Philosophy: The Economist as Judgep. 215
Summing People Upp. 217
What is Efficient?p. 227
How to Gum Up the Worksp. 245
Why We Are Not All Happy, Wealthy, Wise, and Marriedp. 260
Applications: Conventional and Unp. 279
Law and Sausage: The Political Marketplacep. 281
Rational Criminals and Intentional Accidentsp. 298
The Economics of Love and Marriagep. 317
Final Wordsp. 333
Indexp. 335
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